Blue Monday is Here; Feeling Depressed?
Blue Monday has arrived, and many across the globe are feeling the blues. Thankfully, small things like taking time to dovolunteer work can help cure the January blues, experts say.
A study says half of those who volunteer "feel less depressed", and two-thirds believe that giving up their time helps them "feel less stressed".
The research was carried out by pollsters ICM and commissioned by Community Service Volunteers. Psychologist Gladeana McMahon said: "It's clear that keeping physically and mentally active can often improve your state of mind.
"There's also a lot of fun to be had that is likely to put a smile back on your face."
The findings were released ahead of "Blue Monday" - which is today, January 24 - thought to be the most depressing day of the year.
January is a dismal month for millions because of the cold winter weather, short days, fading winter holiday memories and mounting credit card debts.